How to implement disability inclusive preparedness and response in partnership with Pacific people with disabilities
BACKGROUND: Disability inclusion within the humanitarian sector is a relatively new area, and the situation of people with disabilities is still often overlooked in preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The Pacific Disability Forum and national organisation of persons with disabilities (OPDs) across the Pacific have developed their shared vision for what disability inclusive disaster preparedness and response can look like. The disability movement in the Pacific are claiming their seat at the decision-making table, and local responders with disabilities are directly engaging as humanitarians rather than just recipients of aid. METHODOLOGY: This Learning Lab will be presented by Pacific people with disabilities and disability movement allies. The Lab will share practical recommendations on how to implement disability inclusive preparedness and response in partnership with OPDs. People with disability trainers will share practical strategies and tools, peer problem solving brainstorming will support participants to overcome key implementation challenges, and activities will ensure the Lab is interactive and participatory. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to ensure the Lab is accessible and inclusive. EXPECTED LEARNING RESULTS: This Learning Lab will provide an opportunity for humanitarian actors to learn from the experience of Pacific people with disabilities. Key learning outcomes are expected to be: (a) learn practical ways for mainstream humanitarian actors to implement disability inclusive preparedness and response; (b) receive recommendations for how to work alongside local responders with disability; (c) problem solve key disability inclusion challenges with peers.